Peel your own tatties for Taste of Scotland

Robert Owen Taste of Scotland'submitted pics'January 2016
Robert Owen Taste of Scotland'submitted pics'January 2016
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Pupils of room 8 at Robert Owen Memorial Primary School hosted a tasting session of Scottish food for their fellow pupils.

The children themselves peeled the tatties (and discovered that it’s not as easy as it looks), then cooked haggis, tatties and neeps for their guests who also enjoyed shortbread and Irn Bru.

Robert Owen Taste of Scotland'submitted pics'January 2016

Robert Owen Taste of Scotland'submitted pics'January 2016

Morrison’s in Lanark kindly donated the food and drinks to help promote Scottish food in schools.

It was a great opportunity to learn about food hygiene and safety while cooking, as the classroom became a kitchen for a few hours.

Not only did the class have fun preparing the food and socialising with their guests but they also managed some maths.

“We are working in school to celebrate all things Scottish – poetry, songs, and traditional Scottish food,” said acting head teacher Elizabeth Steele.

Robert Owen Taste of Scotland'submitted pics'January 2016

Robert Owen Taste of Scotland'submitted pics'January 2016

Class teacher Mary Hughes got the food from Morrison’s then the classroom was turned into a mini-kitchen with halogen plates, and the children began their preparation and cooking of the food, lining up plates for their fellow pupils to sample. Around 200 children were issued with spoons and all got a taste of the haggis, neeps and tatties.

“It was almost like a conveyor belt,” said Elizabeth, adding that those waiting outside for their sample played a game of “Hurl the Haggis” until it was their turn to be served.

“They had to hurl the haggis at Rabbie’s neb,” added Elizabeth.

Then with a background of Scottish music, they filled their spoons with the food.

Robert Owen Taste of Scotland'submitted pics'January 2016

Robert Owen Taste of Scotland'submitted pics'January 2016

“They all had a great time,” said Elizabeth. “It was a lovely day.”

And the maths lesson came in when the primary 4 pupils in Room 8 carried out a survey to see which of the foods their guests preferred. The youngsters will be learning how to present their findings using bar graphs and pie charts.

Full results are not yet available, but it is suspected that the shortbread was the favourite!